Nearly a third of students with ADHD symptoms severe enough to affect them both academically and socially get no support in school for the disorder, says a new study based on the experiences of nearly 2,500 children and youths.
As part of a federal longitudinal study, parents of children who had been diagnosed with ADHD by a physician were asked to describe their children’s symptoms and what kind of interventions, if any, they were receiving. About 69 percent of parents said their children were receiving one or more school services related to their ADHD; a third of these received “classroom management” interventions, such as a reward system, behavioral modification, or a daily report card. But 31 percent received no school-based supports, and the gap was particularly wide for English-learners and secondary students from low-income families.
A version of this article appeared in the March 20, 2019 edition of Education Week as Special Education